OG Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina*

6’4” – 308 lbs. – 5.19

Team captain who started twenty games at left guard, six at left tackle, and two at right guard over his career, sometimes going back and forth between guard/tackle in the same game. Thickly-built gap/power blocker with nice weight distribution and long 34” arms. Generates nice pop on contact, with pretty good grip strength to stay locked onto opponents. Has just enough short-area quickness to chip one defender and climb to the second level, or to pull to the right side of the formation; works hard to get out in space and locate opponents to block. Pretty good leg drive after contact to generate push. Knee-bender who does a good job of staying balanced and playing within his frame. Shows a sufficiently wide base in pass protection and is active and  reasonably accurate with his punch. Played tackle in school and has a tackle’s length, but is probably not athletic enough to flip back and forth at the pro level; lateral quickness in pass protection can be an issue; anchors against power much more effectively than he deals with stunts/twists, etc. Overall demeanor is more workmanlike than nasty. Had some issues with penalties in school. May not be a fit for teams which rely on zone blocking in the run game. A pretty pro-ready player who already has the body, functional strength, and balance/technique of a pro blocker, but who might be near his ceiling due to limited lateral quickness and raw athleticism. Has starting potential sooner rather than later in the right scheme.

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